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  1. Wednesday, 31 May 2017

    Corbyn comes out on top as May is jeered, laughed at and heckled!

    THE separate questioning by SKY’s Faisal Islam, Jeremy Paxman and a small audience, of Labour leader Corbyn and PM May showed just how disorientated the Tories and their bourgeois backers have become.

    Their tactic, originally hailed as a master stroke, of calling a snap election deemed to be certain of securing a huge majority and a personal dictatorship for PM May so that she could dictate her terms to the EU and, more importantly, to the working class at home, has collapsed around their ears, and it showed at Monday night’s alternative to a proper leadership debate.

    The disorientation was so extreme that the once feared Paxman (known as ‘the interrogator’) instead of going for Corbyn as the potential leader of a government that – as the Daily Telegraph would have it will destroy Britain in a sea of chaos – asked him just why the Manifesto did not contain Corbyn’s favourite policies – the nationalisation of the banks, the scrapping of Trident, and the ending of the monarchy.

    This allowed Corbyn to explain to Paxman that since he, Corbyn, was a democrat, the election was being fought on the policies that the Labour Party had decided on, and not the favourite policies of the leader.

    Paxman had no answer to this approach, and was outfought and out-manoeuvred by Corbyn on all of the issues that the ruling class wanted to ram down Corbyn’s throat – his principled position on advocating a dialogue and a political settlement with the IRA, his opposition to the bloody Falklands war and his general lack of enthusiasm for destroying the planet by initiating a nuclear strike – a sentiment that the vast majority of the UK population shares!

    Corbyn came out of this substitute for a leadership debate stronger. May emerged out of it weaker having been subjected to the unheard of, as far as an ‘Iron Lady’ is concerned, heckling, jeering and mocking laughter! She behaved as an Iron Lady who has lost her way and, even after tearing up her uncosted Manifesto pledges, expected the audience to do their patriotic duty and support her come what may.

    May saw nothing wrong with an uncosted Manifesto, now ripped up over the ‘dementia tax’, with continuing to cut local police numbers, and the continuing cutting and privatisation of the NHS, plus the cutting of schools and social care budgets. She acted, once again, as if it was the duty of the nation to support her, and that she was about to embark on some version of Charles 1’s ‘rule by divine right’.

    With just over a week to go to the election the Tories and the bosses will now be organising the most vicious witchhunt of Corbyn possible, to try to avoid the situation where what May called the ‘quiet revolution’ on June 23 2016 – when the UK voted to leave the EU – with another revolution, not so quiet this time, on June 8th if she and her government are defeated and removed.

    Since she initiated the election and demanded that the electorate return her with a massive majority, if she wins the election but fails to increase her majority in the way that she demands of the masses, the ranks of Tory MPs will rise up and remove her, creating the situation where there could be another even more crisis-ridden election.

    We urge all workers and the middle class to turn out, in millions, in greater numbers than the referendum, to put the Tories out and return a Labour government.



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  5. Tuesday 3rd October 2017

    WE NEED a media that works for the many, not the few, People’s Assembly activists heard at the Take Back Manchester festival yesterday.

    Morning Star reporter Steve Sweeney told the meeting that journalists are meant to speak truth to power and hold the billionaires and oligarchs to account.

    “But it is very difficult to do that when the majority of the media is owned by a narrow clique that represents its own class interests,” he said.

    “Many of the major newspapers are owned by billionaire tax exiles who spend their time attacking so-called benefit cheats and went on the offensive against Jeremy Corbyn because he threatens their way of life,” he continued.

    Mr Sweeney said the Star is the voice of the progressive left and the labour movement because it is not in the hands of billionaires but by a co-operative owned by its readers and trade unions.

    Justin Schlosberg of the Media Reform Coalition told the meeting that the BBC had followed a “hard-right” agenda in its coverage of Mr Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party and the growing movement against austerity policies imposed by the government.

    “It’s astonishing how things have changed over the last two months,” he said. “Murdoch is not getting it his own way anymore.”

    And Tom Mills explained that his research for his book The BBC: Myth of a Public Service had exposed how the public broadcaster has increasingly followed the line of the Tory government on issues such as war. He said the corporation has acted as “a mouthpiece for the Ministry of Defence.”

    Actor Julie Hesmondhalgh told the meeting that social class played a major role in the media, explaining that a shocking 67 per cent of Bafta winners were educated at fee-paying schools and just 7 per cent of Oscar winners attended state schools.

    Salford Star editor Stephen Kingston said his publication was a “do-it-yourself punk” newspaper that relied on working-class people for support.

    He said local journalism was important in holding councils and politicians to account at a time when the staff and resources of the local press and broadcasting were being shrunk.

    Mr Sweeney concluded by arguing that the issue of media ownership would be resolved by building a new society without the bosses and billionaires. He also urged people to build local branches of the People’s Assembly in their areas.

    “It was the People’s Assembly that shifted the narrative on austerity and created the anti-Establishment mood that propelled Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership, but the movement needs strengthening to protect him,” he added.



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